Kate Hughes


Silk Cut Invite
August 25, 2010, 12:30 pm
Filed under: exhibition

Announcement of winners, acquisitions and exhibition opening 6pm Friday 3 September 2010

Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield
Exhibition dates: 4–19 September 2010

Awards to be presented by LUMA / La Trobe University Museum of Art Artistic Director Vincent Alessi

Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield VIC 3162
Monday–Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1pm–5pm
Phone (03) 9524 3333
Email silkcutlino@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Silk Cut Lino

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three days
August 24, 2010, 8:38 am
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Only three days left before my show comes down on Thursday night. The end of one project. The beginnings of the next major project arrived in the post, now dedicated time is all that’s required.



Banned Books Catalog
August 23, 2010, 8:55 pm
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A catalog for the exhibition Banned Books in Australia at the Baillieu Library has been released and a second edition with extra academic papers is on its way. Filled with essays by curators David Bennett, Jenny Lee and Richard Pennell on the history and status of censorship in Australia. It also contains my two works included in the show. The show is nearing it’s close and will only be open till Monday. Banned Books details.

The Lady’s Garden

Through the dichotomy of decorative and sublime responses to the landscape notions of constructed femininity as a means of control and censorship are investigated in these books. D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterly’s lover has been used to set the framework of the garden to uncover how certain views or vistas are deemed unsafe needing categorisation and control for safe consumption, with true nature suppressed bellow. Informed by a history of female amateur artists and the controls exerted on them, this work plays with form and style to draw together histories of art, censorship, and female repression.



some kind of narrative
August 22, 2010, 4:08 pm
Filed under: video

A dslr, brownie box and unstable tripod capturing a miniature world, trapped in its glass bubble.



A short experiment
August 22, 2010, 11:26 am
Filed under: video

Very short, rather idle experiment but I’m well satisfied.



moving on
August 18, 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: reading

Establishing plans for my arts practice post show. I’m meant to be putting art to the side to focus on studies but find myself incapable of this. Plans formulate constantly and I’m sourcing references to expand these emerging directions. Large photo real tapestries, a zine or two, exhibition and residency proposals are all being thought upon but may take some time to reach production. I’m currently waiting on a few hundred meters of grey tapestry wool to arrive in the mail.



Some Little Success 2
August 14, 2010, 10:25 pm
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Kate Hughes
Some Little Success

For the last ten days I have drawn seven hours each day and I flatter myself with some little success
Fanny Macleay, 1815

Through representations of the places I have lived my work depicts a personal experience of environment through a framework of art historic theory. Created in small scale with the incorporation of craft the work is rejecting the nationalist male narrative of Australian landscape history. Instead connecting to a history of Australian women artists and makers who transformed the unfamiliar landscape into a home. The depiction of home and the local within the imported aesthetic tradition of the picturesque reveals how we impose on and reshape the landscape to fulfill personal and communal ideals. The tactile nature of many of the works invites a more personalized intimacy with the work allowing a projection and understanding of sensation beyond the visual. Made or imprinted on paper often in greyscale the work simulates the documentation of an accurate truth. The repetition of visual elements throughout series and disruption of perspective through dark and geometric masses adds a degree of uncertainty and disquiet. A disharmony found at the border between suburbia and nature in which I live.

At Brunswick Street Gallery
August 13 to 26
322 Brunswick St Fitzroy